2010 Olympics in Vancouver: The introduction of hydrogen buses

In Canada, sport and means of transport have environmental technologies combine to our delight!

During the Winter Olympics Vancouver 2010 (from February 12 to 28), 20 hydrogen buses boarded the public to Whistler mountain resort (where various competitions are held).

These buses ecologists have been concocted by a consortium including Canada’s Ballard is. They are equipped with a hydrogen engine, a fuel cell (housed on the roof) and an electric battery. It is the Canadian federal and British Columbia who funded the project of 89.5 million.

The fueling station, located in the municipal bus depot, has a capacity of 26 000 liters!

This fleet of 20 hydrogen buses will still be outstanding after the Olympics: good news, ticket prices will remain the same for users.

The price of a hydrogen-powered buses is 2 million Canadian dollars (cons 500 000 Canadian dollars for a traditional bus). A significant investment that is well worth it!

The organizers of the Olympics and the Whistler ski resort and want to limit the impact of transport on the environment.

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Submarines: Ideal fuel cell vehicle

Fuel cells apparently make a good submarine hard to find. While fuel cell automobiles promise reduced emissions on land, the high seas have long enjoyed a virtual amnesty from air-emission regulations.

Emission-free on the Alster: Since August 2008, Hamburg-Visitors to the “FCS Alsterwasser” ecologically correct on the central waters of the Hanseatic City of sail. Makes it possible to combine electric and fuel cell: The energy comes from a hydrogen tank, up to 50 kilograms may be – that’s enough for four days. From the hydrogen produces fuel cell then electrical energy for the motor.

The company’s latest line of U212 and U214 Class non-nuclear submarines have been developed using a silent operating fuel cell plant that runs on nine 34-kilowatt Siemens polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) hydrogen fuel cells. An air-independent fuel cell propulsion (AIP) system provides an extreme increase in underwater endurance, increased diving depth and overall efficiency.

The development will push the Hydrogen Bus Alliance. Partners of the merger include the cities of Berlin, Hamburg, London and Madrid. Between 2009 and 2011 counts Melczer because of the twinning with a demand of more than 50 buses, from 2011 to 2013 should be 100 and in the years 2013 to 2015 will be 500 buses.

The U212 combines a conventional diesel generator with a lead acid battery and an air-independent propulsion (AIP) system for silent slow cruising, and a fuel cell equipped with oxygen and hydrogen storage. The system consists of nine PEM (polymer electrolyte membrane) fuel cells, providing between 30 and 50kW each.

Fuel cell hydrogen Submarine

Fuel cell hydrogen Submarine

The U214 submarine, still in development, has a displacement of 1,700 tonnes, is 65 metres long and is manned by a crew of 27. The propulsion is again provided by a Siemens Permasyn engine which draws its power supply either from the fuel cells or from batteries which are fed by a diesel generator. Performance of the AIP system has been increased with two Siemens PEM fuel cells, which produce 120kW per module and will give the submarine an underwater endurance of two weeks.

Fuel cell hydrogen Submarine

Fuel cell hydrogen Submarine

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This post was written by admin on May 6, 2009

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New Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid Buses

Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid

Germany’s Daimler in 2009 was held on Monday in Vienna, Austria “World Congress and Mobility & City Transport Exhibition” (2009 years Sunday June 7-11), Mercedes-Benz’s fuel cell hybrid bus “Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid “to announce.

The company has a 1997 bus test vehicle equipped with a fuel cell system in the world’s first “NEBUS” it said. The Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid development is an extension of the fuel cell system with a “Fuel Cell Citaro” and “Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid” system, incorporating the elements of the hybrid-diesel technology. Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid is equipped with a motor axle hub, Li-ion secondary battery, and share the power supply system for electric components. In addition, driven by precise control of hybrid systems, that reduces fuel consumption compared to conventional fuel cell bus.

The company soon will begin testing as a normal bus operation in several cities in Europe. This experiment, the years 2003-2006 in EU fuel cell bus trials conducted by “CUTE (Clean Urban Transport for Europe)” will get along. Since 2003, a total of 36 Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses equipped with fuel cell drives have performed outstandingly at 12 public transport agencies on three continents as part of the CUTE test, its HyFLEET:CUTE followup project, and other related testing programs. The buses were driven a combined total of more than two million kilometers in a total of approximately 135,000 hours of operation. Their availability between 90 and 95 percent impressively demonstrated the environmentally friendly fuel-cell drive’s suitability for everyday use in urban regular-service buses

Source: Fleet Test for the New Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid Bus

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This post was written by admin on March 11, 2009

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